Sports fever is currently sweeping the UK with Great Britain sitting at a healthy second in the medal table at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. So what better time to get involved and discover new sports than the adventure capital of the UK…Cumbria! Summer 2016 is host to a variety of sports events and activities across the county and with the stunning Cumbrian countryside as the backdrop, this really is #theplacetobe for sport & adventure this summer.
Grasmere Lakeland Sports show 2016
The 2016 Annual Grasmere Lakeland Sports, now celebrating 166 years of history and has been a regular annual event since 1868, unbroken except for the two periods of the First and Second World Wars. Now one of the most popular traditional events in the English Lake District, participants compete in a variety of sports, including Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, Fell Running and Hound Trails.
Fell running is a popular Cumbrian pastime. Why pay for the gym when you can run across the magical Cumbrian Fells for free!? This sport isn’t for the faint of heart and is a serious endurance test. You can just about run each fell with the exceptions of a few, such as Pillar & Crinkle Crags. We wouldn’t want you to seriously injury yourselves on the bigger peaks! You may have heard of the legendary fell runner, Joss Naylor who recently celebrated his 80th Birthday with a 30 mile lakeland fell run. He also invited the public to join him for his celebratory birthday run. He has also set some pretty impressive records, running 72 Lakeland peaks in 24 hours and when he was 50 he completed all 214 Wainwrights in seven days…What a machine!
With team GB performing so well in Rio overall, the majority of our medals have come from cycling. Cumbria has an abundance of cycling routes across the wooded valley floors to the highest fell sides. The trails range from easy family cycling on a Sunday afternoon to the most extreme terrain inclines providing a solid & substantial workout, even for the veteran riders. If you are interested in getting your bike out in Cumbria you can visit our cycling page HERE and find your next route or plan your next cycling holiday.
Team GB’s second largest haul of medals has come from our incredibly talented water-sports athletes, more specifically, rowing. With Cumbria being home to the Lake District National Park you are never short of opportunities to get out on the water. Whether you’d prefer the adrenaline rush from kayaking on the open waters or the security of a motor boat, you can experience your own Rio Olympics in Cumbria! Have a look at our Water Sports page and plan your next aqua-adventure.
If you are interested in getting active this summer & celebrating team GB’s fantastic run in Rio, you can check out our Adventure page HERE. Plan your next holiday & experience some of the most exciting sports & events the UK has to offer, right here in Cumbria!